Nick Vujicic: Dream in a big way and never give up

Nick Vujicic: Dream in a big way and never give up

Today we have an interview with Australian motivational speaker, supporter and writer Nick Vujicic, who was born with a rare genetic disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs.

Nick Vujicic:
Hi, Belarus. Egor, thank you for inviting me to this interview.

In Belarus, many people know and love you, inspired by your courage, intensity and love of life. On the other hand, some people see you for the first time now. What would you say to them about yourself, who you are and why you are so popular in the world.

Nick Vujicic:
I want each of you to know that it doesn’t matter what difficulties we had in our life. Our past doesn’t determine our future. Sometimes we need to be happy for what we have in our life and don’t be angry for not having something. The best way is to do something that we can do better than others. I believe that there is a goal for me in this world. I believe that the main goal of mine is to love other people and inspire them. I know that everyone has their goal and destination. We are created different in this world. I want each of us to know that you are extraordinary; you can inspire others to dream in a big way and never give up.

Mr. Vujicic, you say a lot during your presentations that faith in God helped you to hold out. In Belarus, as in many other countries, there are quite a lot of people who do not believe in God or are just skeptical. Do you think people who are in a situation similar to yours would be able to survive with no faith relying only on materialistic outlooks or universal values, not assuming that after death, Paradise is waiting and they will be rewarded for the torment?

Nick Vujicic:
It is very difficult to believe that God loves me, especially when I was born with such a disorder. Even now I can say that without Him in my life, with no hope of the kingdom of heaven, I will never feel such joy of life. And I understand that if I do not see a miracle, I can be a miracle for someone else. I met one boy with no arms and legs, and it was so cute, because for the first time in 24 years of my life I met someone like me. And I thought: if I was born to help one boy to know that God loves him, all my pain is worth it. Because the heavens is eternity. And there is no pain; there, one can be happy. And if I can help just one person to believe in God, believe in heaven, so my life has a purpose. Sometimes people do not believe in God because of the pain. I thought in the same way until I read the Gospel of John. It is about a man who was born blind, and I thought that if God had a plan for a blind person, it means that he has a plan for me. And I encourage all people around the world so that when they see that the God found some use for a man without arms and legs, then God will help those who have them.

Mr. Vujcic, I saw one of your presentations in a bookstore in Moscow. There was one kid who was born with the same problem and he asked: "Tell me, why do we need God?" It is obvious that innocent beings come into the world different and this is some colossal injustice. After all, not everyone can become writers and come up with motivational lectures as you.

Nick Vujcic:
We all experience ups and downs, but now I live with it , with faith in God, relying on the power of God, on His wisdom. And I'm very grateful for that.

How can man know that God expects from him: humility or perseverance?

Nick Vujcic:
Sometimes we wait for an answer from God, sometimes God waits for some action from us, waiting for us to believe, say hello to someone. I think that humility and perseverance is a great combination that a person should possess to understand. We can’t know everything, and we need God to guide us. This is his plan. Not our plan. When you change what you can change, I accept that I can’t change. I appeal to God’s wisdom, and I believe him, constantly taking strength in my life in prayers to God and in my relationship with the God every day.

Thank you. Lately, we have often heard about children committing suicide. In your opinion, what is it, why is this happening?

Nick Vujcic:
A lot of teens have those suicidal thoughts. There is a lot of evil in this world. And none of these children knows their value, purpose and destiny. And it is very difficult to find the strength to go on, it's very easy to feel like a victim, deprived of opportunities, just because you do not see any of them. Stop doing it. Begin to cultivate the seeds of love and faith strengthening. Psalm 129, in this sense, is an inspiration to me. How imperfect we all are in essence all coming out of the womb. And stop others if you see that they gave up. Never give up on God, because God never gave up on us. God has a plan for all. For each of us.

Yes, but the children - this is the most sincere and innocent people on the planet. At the same time they are the most violent beings. Why?

Nick Vujcic:
I think that violence is everywhere, no matter how old you are and where you work; it is presenteven in church practice. We sometimes even boast and feel some pride from the fact that we are better than others. This, I believe, is the greatest sin of all. It is a crime when a man or woman feels better than others. Because we are all equal and God has a plan for each of us. I think that children are innocent because there is no materialism in childhood. A lot of filters. What you say is more important than what you think. And when we grow up, these filters become a system. And I believe that children should be taught that it's okay to be different, that their friends may be different.

Mr. Vujcic, a person with disabilities in Belarus, the United States or in Australia still has quite a different life. This is, of course, due to the attitude to them in society, and varies depending on the opportunities offered by technological progress. What are the three first and most important steps you would advise us to take?

Nick Vujcic:
In any society disabled people are integrated and taken care of. Different countries have different levels of integration and acceptance of people with disabilities. I think that it is through education, through the media that many people with disabilities (in wheelchairs, the blind, immobilized, with Down syndrome) can learn different inspirational stories. Many people in Belarus, I am sure, as a guest on television, would inspire others to get moving forward, at least try to do it. Sometimes, the public does not know how to help these people, or how to approach him. So when I come into the system to support people with disabilities, I shed light on this process and bring others into the swing of things. What is important? The first is confidence. The second is adoption. This means that there is an understanding that we have a problem with you, but only as friends can we integrate disabled people, talk to them, and look them in the eye. And it can help. And among people with disabilities there are those who say that they do not need any help. I can’t give you a recipe that would work with each individual disabled. But even if you can help such people to a wheelchair, or give them a job, they do not feel motivated, because they do not accept themselves. So we need each other. We need to educate each other. We have to keep an open dialogue with people with disabilities and encourage their motivating stories.

Thank you. Mr. Vujcic, I would like to ask you a question about charity. Recently, I have witnessed that people do good deeds and can’t resist to show it to others. Funds that are collected are sometimes spent in quite irrational and foolish way. So I have just a few questions. Do I have to respond to every call, request for help? Is it possible to legally regulate the collection of funds for charitable purposes? And can you give an example of an ideal event to raise funds for charitable purposes?

Nick Vujcic:
I think everyone should do good deeds. For example, to participate in a charity fund-raising campaign. I think the more charity the better. However, we must clearly understand where the money that you sacrifice goes. Hungry children must be fed. Each of us perceives charity in different ways. And that's fine.

Mr. Vujcic, I know that you do not recognize the phrase "Hope dies last." You say: "Hope never dies." And you keep running shoes in your closet, because you believe in a miracle. But did you witness a true miracle, which the most skeptical scientist would believe?

Nick Vujcic:
You know, when I talk about miracles, there are people who do not believe what I saw 13 miracles with my own eyes. I have seen blind people who saw the light, the deaf who began to hear and the lame people who began to walk normally. I saw a 17-year-old boy who was dying in hospital, and the next morning he got up and did a couple of flips in the hallway. I have a pair of shoes in the closet in case God tells me "Yes." However, for me it is not so important. Much more important is to have faith and hope.
I do not need arms and legs to believe. My father had cancer, he did not need to be cured to have any hope; he believed that God was with him. We believe that we will see our Father again. But the greatest miracle for me is the ability to forgive enemies. Love for God, to be loving, kind to others, to live in peace and harmony, even if you're dying of cancer.

Mr. Vujcic, thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview.

Nick Vujcic:
Thank you very much for this interview. I love you all. See you in Belarus.